Posture is so much more than looking good. How you stand and sit affects your health in ways you may not have realized. Good posture helps reduce anxiety, improves concentration and mood and according to studies, plays a significant role in our ability to problem solve. Think about it, when we stand or sit up straight, our shoulders and back relax and then our mind can begin to align with that. There have been TED talks about how posture changes our attitude and how we see ourselves!
Breathing becomes easier with good posture. My dad developed a very slouched forward position over the years and he had great difficulty breathing. When we slouch, we compress our lungs and stomach, including the diaphragm, making breathing more shallow and difficult which results in less oxygen getting to the blood.. Simply by standing up straight, oxygenation can be increased by as much as 30%.
Sitting with back curved, neck forward, we crunch up our stomachs and intestines into the thoracic cavity which stops the digestive system’s natural flow and can lead to acid reflux and constipation. Good posture allows digestion to function smoothly.
When the spine is properly aligned, unnecessary pressure comes off our joints and bones decreasing the normal wear and tear on joints in the neck, shoulders, low back and hips and reducing aches and pains.
In case you are not sure what good posture looks like your chin should be parallel to the floor, shoulders back and relaxed; a natural line from the top of your head to your hips while keeping the natural curve of your spine. When standing your weight should be evenly distributed on both feet and your abdominal muscles should be pulled in to support your core and low back.
Do you have good posture? Are you aware of your posture as you go through your day?
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